Dr. Petrosoniak’s work addresses procedural skill acquisition in trauma and emergency medicine. He designs curricula for technical skills training for both residents and staff physicians. His research focus is how rare, life-saving technical skills are taught as there is little evidence to guide the optimal design of simulation-based technical skills training.  Dr. Petrosoniak is seeking to better define the role of deliberate practice and mastery learning for the instruction of life-saving technical skills.

He is the principal investigator for a multi-centre (Canada and USA), randomized trial to compare simulation-based deliberate practice with standard training for bougie-assisted cricothyroidotomy performance. (funded by Physicians Services Incorporated)

Check out some of Dr. Petrosoniak’s work in procedural skills training:

Peak performance: Simulation and the nature of expertise in emergency medicine

Christopher M. Hicks and Andrew Petrosoniak 

CJEM. 2019 Jan 28:9-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/cem.2018.490

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Bougie-assisted cricothyroidotomy: Delphi-derived essential steps for the novice learner

Dharamsi A, Gray S, Hicks C, Sherbino J, McGowan M, Petrosoniak A.

CJEM. 2018 Jun 28:1-8. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.386. [Epub ahead of print]

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Emergency medicine procedural skills: what are residents missing?

Petrosoniak A, Herold J, Woolfrey K.

CJEM. 2013 Jul;15(4):241-8.

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LO096: Comfortable with your thoracotomy skills? An innovative simulation-based curriculum to teach rare procedures in emergency medicine

Gray SOwen J, Petrosoniak A.

Volume 18, Issue S1 May 2016 , p. S63. Published online: 02 June 2016

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First in Ontario: St. Michael’s to use new ER-REBOA catheter in trauma bay

By Mary Dickie

Toronto, October 2, 2018

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Finger-Bougie-Cricothyrotomy Demonstration